2017 Stewardship APPEAL
Being a steward is not simply making donations or taking care of the buildings and grounds.
It is a spirituality; a way of life, made of four parts:
- Receiving the gifts of God with gratitude
- Cultivating them responsibly
- Sharing them lovingly in justice with others
- Standing before the Lord in a spirit of accountability
It is up to you to determine how you will love out this stewardship way of life. You will not be alone, however. Millions of fellow Catholics are traveling together with you.
The Gifts of God
Think of God’s gifts in broader terms, not simply the material goods or security you may enjoy. These are gifts, too:
- Your faith, hope, love, and joy
- Your family love and relationships with others
- Your intelligence, talents and skills
- Your imagination, compassion, and vision
- Creation in all its splendor
Our Catholic tradition teaches us that with so many blessings come great challenges. At all times in our lives, we have an opportunity – and a responsibility – to share what we have been given.
The Challenges and Rewards of Being a Steward
It is an incredible challenge to live in imitation of the life of Christ. We all face obstacles, opportunities, and challenges, living in a fast-paced environment with many responsibilities. Our spiritual hunger does not always get a chance to be nourished through prayer and action.
However, a clear sense of purpose – nourished by the Eucharist and our rich Catholic tradition – opens the door for us to actively commit to a life of gratitude and responsibility; to thank God for His endless gifts, and then to decide what we can do to help the world. The rewards include:
- Making a difference in people’s lives
- Becoming an active and engaged member of a Catholic community
- Discovering talents inside you, waiting to be used
- Letting go of your worries and setting realistic goals in your spiritual and secular life
- Experiencing the amazing increase in God’s presence that comes with a partnership with the Lord
~ Adapted from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops